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Write a short overview of statistics, figures or trends that you are familiar with.

Normally, my hobby is to check the gold price trend from Kitco.com and sometimes, I also joined at the commodity trading to make small profits from gold price changes. Currently, gold price trend is high and going to the upward direction with Bid/Ask 1540.40/1541.40 and that trend was stable since last month with 30daychg with Bid +$77.00 | Ask+5.26% figure.

Hello,
"with an increase in youth turnout in the 18- to 24- and 24- to 29-year-old brackets."
What is the meaning of 'brackets'?
Does it mean 'groups'?
Thanks in advance.

Hello corflz

Yes, that's correct -- it refers to the people in those ranges of ages, i.e. to those groups of people.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

In my country the statistics of voter turnout for each election is always over 90 percent to nearly 100 percent. No one does a scrutiny to know how exact the figures are, or they don't even want to do that because everyone knows those are lies. The elections are faked altogether. There are no promises, no coming changes, no demographics or the same without a setup drama.
How do the statistics come from? Before the election days, a full of motivational information are going to be posted on media including newspapers, television, radios ...etc, and a guy managing residents in my place will go to my house and give me a vote paper noted by his list. On the election day, if to noon I don't go to the polling stations, the guy will call me to. If I am still stubborn not voting, some days later a policeman will come to ask for reasons and sing some threaten songs. I would not have to hear the threaten songs, if I went to the polling stations, signed my name and leaved the vote papers in blank.
Things are changing now. The nationwide trend of unveiling the drama goes virally everywhere following each recent election. More and more voters go to polling stations for making videos of truth. The key reason for this is the development of technologies which help anyone record anything at anywhere they want. Funnily, the videos posted on social media appeal to watchers much more than the faked news on communist media about the number of people who are interested in elections. I don't know what are going to happen by this trend, but I hope by a very near day when the voters will likely boycott the elections.

Dear Team,
could you give me,please, an explanation about the use of ''see''in this:''This was a crucial vote, which may see a dramatic change...''.Is it here something like ''mean'',''seem',''show'','' indicate'' etc....,because I didn't find anything with this meaning anywhere I looked up in the dictionaries.Your explanations- even about not so important things - always help me catch useful tips in different uses of English.Thanks a lot.

Hello nikoslado,

The verb 'see' here is close to 'show' in meaning. It tells us what the speaker thinks is going to happen in the given time frame.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

all correct!

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I usually see statistics about vote intention in the news. Also there are a lot of statistics about economic situation: unemployment rate, price growing rate,...